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Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners 2012 Workshop Session Documents:
- Economic Impact of Poverty presentation
- Economic Impact of Poverty report
- Strategic Planning Big Ideas
Pinellas County Health and Human Services will be facilitating the local 2012 Summer Food Program.
The national program is funded through the Department of Agriculture-Food, Nutrition and Wellness. The program offers lunch and afternoon snacks to eligible children ages 18 and under at approved sites (recreation centers, churches, day cares, etc.) throughout Pinellas County in targeted areas.
Program dates for 2012 are Tuesday, June 12th through Tuesday, August 7th. A listing of all approved sites for 2012 will be posted on this website in the near future.
If you would like more information about the program, please call Carol McKinney at 464-8439.
In accordance with federal law and USDA policy, institutions are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA activity should write: USDA, Director of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3237 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
60 Minutes report on Homeless
Watch the 60 Minutes report - "Hard Times Generation: Families living in cars," featuring families in Central Florida..
The Pinellas County Department of Health and Human Services earned a 2011 National Association of Counties Achievement Award for the Financial Assistance Program 3-Track System.
Pinellas County’s Financial Assistance Program is based upon a three-track self-sufficiency model. Time-limited assistance is provided to clients who are found to be in need and meet specific eligibility criteria. This program is intended to assist residents only until they become self-sufficient or reach time limits established for each track. Clients undergo an employability exam and drug testing via a referral to a contracted vendor who adjudicates the severity of their condition and how it impacts their employability or ability to become self-sufficient. Intensive case management, vocational training and assistance in applying for Federal Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability benefits is provided, depending on each client’s particular situation.
For more information and a list of the 2011 Achievement Award winners, visit http://www.naco.org/programs/recognition/Pages/default.aspx.
Washington Update: HUD Report Shows Significant Increase in Family Homelessness
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released its 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) last week. According to the report, the number of homeless people in families increased by 20 percent from 2007 to 2010, and families currently represent a much larger share of the total sheltered population. The proportion of homeless people using emergency shelter and transitional housing who are part of a family has increased from 30 percent to 35 percent. These increases are consequences of the current economic recession. Download the full report.